Tuscan Kale Caesar Salad

Preparation info

  • Difficulty

    Easy

  • Serves:

    4-6

Appears in

My Street Food Kitchen

My Street Food Kitchen

By Jennifer Joyce

Published 2015

  • About

Caesar’s anchovy and parmesan spiked dressing is an epiphany on kale leaves. It makes a refreshing change from cos (romaine) lettuce and you can feel chuffed about all those vitamins packed in. The many names for kale can sometimes be confusing: this salad works best using cavolo nero (Americans call it Tuscan kale). It’s far more tender than its cousin, curly kale. Ideally, choose the younger pieces sold at farmers’ markets or good grocery stores. The recipe also works well with larger leaves, but you need to be sure to discard the tough centre vein. See for a photograph of this dish, served as a side.

Preparation: 20 Minutes
Cooking: 10 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 slices sourdough bread, approximately 150 g ( oz), cut into cubes
  • 2 garlic cloves, thickly sliced
  • tablespoons olive oil
  • 200 g (7 oz) baby cavolo nero leaves
  • small handful chopped radicchio (optional)
  • 40 g ( oz) parmesan cheese, grated

Caesar dressing

  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 anchovies, rinsed
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 egg yolks, at room temperature
  • tablespoons dijon mustard
  • 250 ml (9 fl oz/1 cup) peanut (groundnut) or sunflower oil
  • 20 g (¾ oz) parmesan cheese, finely grated
  • 3 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • juice of 3 lemons

Method

Preheat the oven to 210°C (415°F) or 190°C (375°F) fan forced.

Spread the sourdough cubes and sliced garlic on a large baking tray. Drizzle with the oil and season generously with salt and freshly ground black pepper, then toss to combine well. Bake for 8 minutes or until golden and crisp, turning half way through. Remove and discard the garlic, then set the croutons aside.

To make the dressing, put the garlic, anchovy and salt in a mortar and pestle and pound until a paste forms. Scrape the paste into a food processor with the egg yolks and mustard and blend until well combined. With the motor running, gradually add the oil, drop by drop at first, then in a slow steady stream until the mixture is thick and emulsified. Add the parmesan, Worcestershire sauce and three-quarters of the lemon juice and process again. Taste and add the remaining lemon juice if needed. Season to taste with freshly ground black pepper, then set aside.

Coarsely chop the cavolo nero leaves and put them in a large bowl with the radicchio (if using) and the croutons. Pour the caesar dressing over the salad and toss to coat well. Sprinkle the parmesan over the top and serve immediately.